Tuesday, November 03, 2009

At long last: A 5-pound star

My Weight Chart:
Weight Chart


My little Good Health Guidelines experiment has been a big success. I think that nic was right with the comment that I finally "got it" this week. What I noticed was that instead of thinking just about what I wanted to eat, I thought about whatI needed: Before I ate a meal or snack, I checked to see what little boxes had not yet been marked off on my chart.

When I weighed in today, there was a new person at the desk. When she said I lost 2.6 pounds, I said, "In one week?" I made sure to ask about that 5-pound star, too. Because I'm a lifetimer, it's not as easy for them to see how much I have lost -- the sticker just shows how far over goal I am: 15.4 pounds.

When I got my award, I said that I lost this week because I had followed all the GHGs every day, the leader looked genuinely surprised. So I guess I am not the only person who finds them difficult sometimes. Another person who had lost this week was asked to name a behavior change, and she said, "This just feels normal to me now." And I think that was true for me too this week.

This week our leader asked us to write down a goal for the holiday season. I'm posting mine here: By January 1, I want to have earned another 5-pound star. That's 8 weeks away, so I think it's possible (especially because I have a 1.4 head start on it). More importantly, though, I want to track every day, even on the holidays, and keep up with the GHGs.

Have you thought about your goals for the holiday season? Or are you like me, feeling surprised that they're almost here?

I haven't even done any Christmas shopping yet.

9 comments:

  1. Well done! Wear that star with pride. :)

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  2. Good job! Woohoo!

    I haven't thought about my holiday goals yet. I can't believe its already that time of year! I'll sit down and think about it soon, but not yet. :)

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  3. I always try to focus on one holiday at a time. I made it through Halloween relatively unscathed and now I'm slowly devising my plan for Thanksgiving and all that entails.

    CONGRATULATIONS on that 5lb star! That's remarkable!

    I love the GHGs, I look at them as a rule (kind of like you're doing now, plus who doesn't LOVE putting an X in a box!?!). They take up approximately 14 points if you get them all in, and with my 21 points a day, that's still 7 points to play with! Luckily, I totally love fruits and vegetables, so it's really easy to want to cook with them and eat them all day.

    Awesome for turning (or maybe re-turning?) over a new leaf!

    Here's to your 5lb star, and to the next!!!

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  4. Ah! The power of the WW star! Congrats!!

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  5. Great job! My goal was to lose about 25 pounds by the holidays. I think I should just focus on eating well and exercising as much as possible!

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  6. woohoo! well done jen well done!!!

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  7. Congrats on the 5 pound loss and the 2.6 in one week. It is amazing what putting together some consecutive days of healthy eating habits can do. I am gravitating to the healthy stuff again and not thinking of sweets and junk anymore. Glad you got the star! Thanks for setting an example, too.

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  8. Yayyyy! Congrats on the loss, the star, and getting it. Your posts on the GHG were productive and useful, and you obviously are applying them in a very aware way. I'm so happy for you coz you've earned that star.

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  9. Yayyyy! Congrats on the loss, the star, and getting it. Your posts on the GHG were productive and useful, and you obviously are applying them in a very aware way. I'm so happy for you coz you've earned that star.

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